Welcome Back, Carter: Obama Speech Talking Points a Throwback to the One-Term President
Kyle Becker | On 09, Sep 2012
The Reagan Coalition posted a tantalizing insight into the widely panned Obama convention speech: it was shades of Jimmy Carter. A side-by-side comparison of a few key talking points in the speeches shows interesting parallels, as conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh originally noticed.
It is odd that the Obama speechwriter (if it wasn’t something the teleprompter cooked up hours before) would seem to use lines that so eerily resemble President Jimmy Carter’s prior to his monumental loss to Ronald Reagan.
The pollsters had Ronald Reagan with a narrow edge over Jimmy Carter just prior to the election, before Carter lost 41-51, with seven-point spoiler John Anderson in the mix. For parts of the 1980 campaign season, Romney has been ahead of the Reagan 1980 curve, in some senses.
Below are a handful of speech lines from Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance that seem to oddly reflect Jimmy Carter’s.
The first set of quotes:
Obama keeps using the word “fundamentally,” although one would be hard pressed to see him called a “fundamentalist” in the lapdog press.
The second set:
The obsession with not being dependent on foreign oil is nothing new on the left. Too bad that noble foreign policy initiative doesn’t entail drilling on our own territory. It’s no coincidence that the U.S. fell from being one of the world’s largest oil producers in the early 1970s at about the same time as the rise of the environmentalist movement.
In addition, one might point out that “windfall profits” on gasoline are about seven times less than what the government “profits” from watching the oil companies work. As a WSJ article explained:
Put this all together, and government makes far more from gas sales than all of the oil companies put together. Exxon, for example, made only seven cents per gallon of gasoline in 2011. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the nearly 50 cents per gallon that federal, state and local governments rake in on an average gallon of gas pumped in the U.S.
The “people versus profits” narrative is completely bogus. If government wouldn’t tax gas so much, then it would be cheaper for any product or person that uses gas to work, which would cause a gas “trickle effect.” A profitable business could reinvest that money, oh never mind…
The third set of quotes:
Who could ever guess that a president who would preside over the longest depression in American history would become such a legend in Democrat folklore? I’m sorry, I find that weird.
The fourth and last set of quotes:
From “hope and change” to “cope with malaise” in just four years. Miss Jimmy Carter, yet?